Romance Under The Oaks Featured on Belle the Magazine

When we say romance can be found here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we mean it! From the sprawling oak tree to the grand columns of our antebellum styled home – we have though through each detail. We want you to feel transported the moment you arrive, and really feel the essence of Southern Oaks!


Our very own, Stacey Asaro, set the scene for a truly stunning fête along with an incredible team of vendors to show how enchanting the plantation can be whether day or night. She designed a remarkable stunning lounge with our grand home featured as the backdrop.


We could not be more thrilled to showcase the beauty of Southern Oaks Plantation! Featured on Belle the Magazine.

Event Planning: Project Proposal | Ceremony Venue: Southern Oaks Plantation | Jewelry: Aucoin Hart | Photography: Hi Volt Studios | Floral: Nola Flora | Groom’s Attire: Jeff’s Haberdashery | Videography: Lonely Eskimo Films | Fashion: Chatta Box Boutique | Rentals: Lovegood Rentals | Hair: Ashley Coulon | Makeup: Makeup Meltdown | Model: Brooke Duffy | Model: Donovan Duffy | Submitted via: Matchology


Award Winning Chicken Sandwich

We heard there was a bit of a discrepancy on who has the best chicken sandwich in the city of New Orleans, so we decided to throw our hat in the ring. Based on a unanimous vote of all Southern Oaks Plantation couples, we present to you: the best chicken sandwich in the city!

This parmesan chicken sandwich is loaded with cheese, marinara sauce, and more cheese – and made bite sized to perfectly fit in your hand for optimal dining pleasure. Dreamed up by our master menu creator and owner, Sue Asaro, has knocked it out of the park once again! Why wait in long drive through lines when you can enjoy our sandwich with a glass of champagne in hand at a wedding you won’t soon forget! In the words of one of our recent grooms, “This sandwich is so good, I can’t even talk about it.”



Praline Chicken Found Only At Southern Oaks Plantation

If there is one thing we are known for here at Southern Oaks Plantation, other than the gorgeous oak tree, sprawling grounds, and impeccable customer service.. its THE FOOD! And there is one menu item that is a favorite among couples, their guests, and our vendors – its the praline chicken!

We hear it again and again, when some of our favorite photographers are back shooting a wedding, they always tell us “I’ve been looking forward to this praline chicken since this couple booked me!” What could be more exciting than creating a menu item loved by our industry peers? Although, our couples seem to love it just as much! Here are a few words from a recent bride: “The food was also AMAZING!!!! The venue staff sent Cody and I a to-go box of our favorite items on the menu.  When we got to our hotel room that night, before we went to bed, we were both so pumped about digging into that to-go box! Cody could NOT stop talking about Southern Oaks Plantation’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!” Well, if that doesn’t convince you its the  best, we don’t know what will!

Owner and lead chef, Sue Asaro, takes great pride in creating unique and innovative menu items to continue to impress our couples. And her talent knows no bounds! The praline chicken may be a popular item, but the recipe is staying safe here at Southern Oaks! That means, to give it a try – you must attend a wedding here with us! Your taste buds will thank you!


Southern Oaks Plantation, best food in New Orleans!

When you think of New Orleans, the first things that come to mind are jazz music, historical sites, and of course – THE FOOD! Southern Oaks Plantation prides itself on giving our couples the full New Orleans experience, and that experience begins with our impeccable cuisine. Our lead chef and owner, Sue Asaro, has filled the menu with over eighty delectable items included in every single wedding package. Why limit your guests to only a few options when you can give them everything, here at Southern Oaks Plantation!


I constantly receive compliments on how it was the best wedding people have been to and that the food was spectacular! – Kristina, Southern Oaks Bride


We just celebrated our 13th anniversary, and people are still talking about the beautiful venue and fantastic food! – Laura, Southern Oaks Bride


I trusted them with every detail and the staff at Southern Oaks made my beautiful day come true! And my guest can’t stop talking about the food! – Lizzie, Southern Oaks Bride


The most common compliment we get on our wedding day was that it was an absolute fairytale. From the horse and carriage, incredibly talented jazz band, the stunning grounds, insane food, perfect decor, and all the other bells and whistles (seriously, we could go on and on!) – Jordan, Southern Oaks Bride


I have never tried so many different appetizers, food, desserts & drinks! It felt great to be served & treated like royalty! – Blessed, Southern Oaks Bride




A True Taste of New Orleans

Beignets, Oysters, and Lucky Dog Hote Dogs are just a few of the classic items that come to mind when thinking of New Orleans cuisine!


When booking your wedding with Southern Oaks Plantation, not only will you receive our curated menu of over 80 menu items but you will also have the option to add in any of these New Orleans classics! We don’t believe your guests taste buds should be limited to a few items, we want them to get the full dining experience that our city is known for. Our innovative style of service is to ensure your guests are able to dine, drink, and dance the night away without ever having to wait in a buffet line. Our chefs study the latest and greatest menu items and combine it with tried and true traditional items to bring you and your guests the menu of a lifetime. Here are a few words that have described our food over the years.

“10 years later, our guests are still talking about the FOOD!”

“I want to get married all over again, just so I can have some more of that delicious food!”

“Southern Oaks Plantation should open a restaurant, the food was incredible.”

“We loved everything about our wedding, but the delicious food had to be our favorite detail!”


World Famous Cafe du Monde




Here, Every Day Begins With Once Upon a Time!

Here, every day begins with once upon a time.

Here, we make brides’ dreams come true.

Here, every detail is the most important detail.

Here, each moment is unforgettable.

That is the magic of Southern Oaks Plantation!


Here, at Southern Oaks Plantation, it is our mission to exceed your expectation in every way. From the moment you step onto our sprawling grounds you will notice an expertly manicured lawn, the most iconic Oak tree in the city, and what TLC has named the “BEST venue in the state of Louisiana!”

Southern Oaks Plantation

In addition, Southern Oaks Plantation is the only antebellum style venue location within fifteen minutes of downtown New Orleans! While our grand façade is of true plantation style, the interior of our venue is updated in a modern style to perfectly accent any color palette whether bright or neutral.



Our all inclusive collections feature over 80 handcrafted menu items, luxury linens, custom LED lighting, professional DJ, and expert planning advice from our event team. We LOVE making your wedding dreams come true! southernoaksplantation







Bridal Portraits at Southern Oaks Plantation

Elite event coordinators to assist with your every need, luxe linens, gorgeous chiavari chairs, over 80 custom menu items.. here are just a few of our most popular amenities at Southern Oaks Plantation! We offer an endless amount of additions included in every single collection to accommodate our clients. However, did you know that we also offer a complimentary bridal portrait session to any of our brides who choose to wed at our venue? We want our couples to experience the magic of our plantation from the very beginning of the planning process, and what is more special than capturing your bridal portraits at the very location where you plan to say “I DO?!” This also gives you an added opportunity to really appreciate all of the details throughout our gorgeous grounds!


Here is what this Jazaré and Marlon had to say about her experience on March 23, 2019 with Southern Oaks Plantation!


“My husband and I got married at Southern Oaks Plantation!!!! The entire staff made sure our day was PERFECTION!!! The food, the music, the vibes, the 2nd line BAND! I mean EVERYTHING was PERFECT! We will never forget our experience! ALL of our guests had the times our their lives and it was because their staff made sure EVERYONE had a great time! Thank you so much Southern Oaks Plantation for making the most important day our our lives a day that we will NEVER forget!”southernoaksplantation


Wedding Spotlight: Annie and Ari

A true fairytale affair complete with stunning blooms, gorgeous details, and a carriage ride for the books! This Southern Oaks Plantation soiree is sure to stun.

Read more about this lovely wedding below!



Tell us about your engagement.
New Orleans has always been a special place to me. In fact, the very first time that I visited the city, after experiencing a 2nd line parade for the first time I said, “I am either going to get married here or my funeral will be here.” I absolutely loves the culture of New Orleans. Fast forward about 8 years. A trip to New Orleans was planned to visit my favorite city and attend the USF vs Tulane football game. After a few days of delicious food, French Quarter shenanigans and Nola Jazz, Ari decided that October 21st 2017 on the stairs overlooking picturesque Jackson Square and the St. Louis’ Cathedral he would pop the question. In front of a sizable crowd, Ari (visibly shaking) got down on one knee and asked me the most important questions of their lives “Will you Marry Me?” Of course I said, “YES!” after removing my spider themed fascinator and putting down my champagne to go cup. The crowd that had gathered cheered and as a newly engaged couple, we made our way to the Halloween parade and then to the USF game to celebrate!


In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

Where do I begin? Southern Oaks captures the southern elegance and fun of New Orleans. The food is fantastic, the venue is gorgeous, there is no detail overlooked. I would attribute the stellar experience we had at Southern Oaks, to the incredible staff. Truly, they embody teamwork and professionalism and it made my day absolutely perfect.


How did you and your partner meet?

Ari and I met in downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida on a Sunday evening, December 7th, 2014. We always have a witty debate when describing exactly what type of establishment Ferg’s is when telling our story. See Ari likes to refer to the location as a “restaurant” while I am honest about the fact that it is more of a “sports pub.” Ari was simply picking up a quick bite to eat and preparing for his Monday meeting when I walked in with a friend. Being the gentleman that he is, Ari quickly offered me and my friend a seat and started chatting with us. Before we knew it, Ari and I had been chatting for a couple of hours. Before the night was over, Ari asked for my phone number and called me the next day to invite me to lunch at Seasons 52. It didn’t take long for us to realize that the spark was something special and we have been inseparable ever since.


What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?

I knew from the moment I walked in the door, it was the perfect venue for our wedding. Lauren gave us the grand tour and we were in absolute awe of the décor, warmth and elegance of the space. I had done my research and everyone had the same (yet very different) magical experience at Southern Oaks Plantation. Magic and Majestic (the gorgeous white horses) were just the icing on the cake!


What was your favorite moment of the night?

The night was so incredibly beautiful and special but two moments stand out in my head. The first moment, was right when I walked in the ballroom, before the wedding, and saw everything in place and set for the first time. It was just incredible. Everything that I could have asked for. It was simply breathtaking. The second moment was when my Dad and I came around the corner and our guests saw us entering on the horse and carriage. There was a gasp of excitement… no one expected that. It was a moment I will never forget.




Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?

There is no better florist than Bella Blooms Floral. Dee, the owner, is second to none. She knew what I wanted when I did not even know specifically what I was looking for. Her expertise and talent are incredible. We had so many compliments on the florals.



Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

Lauren was my go to girl for months and month’s leading up to the wedding. She responded to my never-ending list of questions immediately and with such detail. She was a total rock star. Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered.



What would you say to other couples considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?

You can’t go wrong with having your wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation. It will be perfection and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come. So many of our guests told Ari and I, and my parents, that our wedding was absolutely   the best wedding they have ever attended and likely ever will. We are hoping that we are invited to attend a wedding at this specular venue in the near future.



Photographer: Studio Tran Photography – – @studiotranphotography

Florist: Bella Blooms Floral – – @bellabloomsfloral

Dress Salon: Truly Forever Bridal – – @ trulyforeverbridaltampa

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Wearhouse – – @menswearhouse
Videographer: Bella Productions Wedding Films – – @bellafilmsn
Bakery: Chasing Wang – www. – @chasingwang


The Proprietor of Southern Oaks Plantation

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney





Southern Oaks began as a dream for the Asaro family. Bobby Asaro knew there was a niche market for elegant, high-end reception venues that needed to be filled, and he had just the plan to fill it. He got his wife, Sue, involved from their first date, drawing his plans out on a napkin and dreaming of Southern Oaks.Southern Oaks began as a dream for the Asaro family. Bobby Asaro knew there was a niche market for elegant, high-end reception venues that needed to be filled, and he had just the plan to fill it. He got his wife, Sue, involved from their first date, drawing his plans out on a napkin and dreaming of Southern Oaks.

World Famous Cafe du Monde

Between his strong attention to detail (developed when he was working in radiology) and Sue’s innovative thinking and impeccable taste, Asaro knew that they were on to something big. They’ve spent the last 32 years perfecting the experience of Southern Oaks Plantation to curate a feeling of magic and enchantment. There is a reason why local and couples from all over the world choose to marry at Southern Oaks, because an unmatched level of customer service is presented from the very moment they step foot onto our plantation.

From the decor to the cuisine, every detail you and your guests will experience has been selected with the upmost importance. Truly a family affair, you will find Bobby and Sue Asaro take care to ensure that no detail will go unnoticed. Rarely will you find another venue owner present on your wedding day to greet guests, fill up your champagne glass, or surprise you with a fireworks show! Mr. Bobby and his team consistently go above and beyond for their couples, because you will find that this is not a career for the Asaro family, but a passion.


“Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered. I had the wedding I always dreamed of thanks to him.” – Annie, 2018

“Mr. Bobby made us feel like absolute royalty! We did not lift a finger the entire night!” – Marissa, 2018
“Our wedding was more magical than I could’ve ever dreamed! Mr. Bobby truly makes you feel like you’re the most important couple he’s ever met. At the end of the night I was thanking him for such a perfect evening when I spilled a drop of champagne on my arm, Mr. Bobby returned with a wet napkin and a dry one to clean up my mess. I know it seems silly, but that is just such a perfect example of how he handles every single thing – totally above and beyond!” – Logan, 2016
“Mr. Bobby and everyone else that was working my wedding treated me so so well!  Everyone was so welcoming and loving.  The best customer service I’ve ever received was at Disney World, and the customer service I received at Southern Oaks was just like that!!  I can’t think of ONE bad thing I could say about Southern Oaks. Everything was perfect!” – Alli, 2017

TLC Names Southern Oaks Plantation “The Best in Louisiana”

The Learning Channel is a television networked known for coining the famous, “Say Yes to the Dress” and many other wedding related shows including, “Four Weddings.” It is with great honor that we share that TLC has named Southern Oaks Plantation THE BEST VENUE in Louisiana! We could not be more thrilled to add another accolade to the books! With over 32 years of business, we’ve been able to provide countless hours of service to our couples and what an honor to be recognized for all that we do!  See for yourself how we’ve taken Southern charm to a whole new level!

southernoaksplantationTLC’s elite team of experts scoured the United States in search of the very best venues that provide an array of services and gorgeous backdrops to take your wedding to the next level. While there are plenty of beautiful venues across the state and country – Southern Oaks Plantation stands out as the absolute best!

Described as “magical” and “romantic” our venue will transport you and your guests directly into the fairytale setting you’ve always dreamed of. Twinkling lights, sprawling grounds, and our grand façade are only the beginning of a truly unforgettable experience!

We could not be more thrilled to receive the honor of being chosen as the most sought after venue in all of Louisiana! Set among the most gorgeous oak tree, our venue combines the perfect elements of wedding magic to create a spectacular backdrop for your event! Our all inclusive experience ties together stunning decor, delicious cuisine, and top customer service to our couples – local and destination alike! Thank you TLC for choosing Southern Oaks Plantation